19 Aug Please The Palate Pick of the Week: Tacos
According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, a taco is “a Mexican food that consists of a folded and usually fried piece of thin bread (called a tortilla) that is filled with meat, cheese, lettuce, etc.” Los Angeles is the epicenter of taco activity in the United States and therefore was the perfect location for Thrillist to host their first ever Taco Knockout. Celebrating Mexico’s greatest street food, nine chefs demonstrated how tacos can come in many styles and flavors. They are so tasty that tacos are the Please The Palate pick of the week.
From vegetarian to tuna to octopus to beef, lamb and pork, the assortment of tacos was as diverse as some of Southern California’s chefs whipped up their inventive spins on the classic taco.
AQUI ES TEXCOCO – Traditional Mexican-style lamb barbecue tacos
RED O RESTAURANT – Lengua tacos with with prickly pear guajillo salsa, queso fresco, pickled habanero and chicken chicharon
DUKE’S MALIBU – Raw ahi poke tacos with Shoyu, maui onions, avocado, and a spicy wasabi créme fraîche
LA CARMENCITA RESTAURANT – Slow-cooked, charbroiled short rib beef barbacoa tacos with chile de árbol, adobo and aioli made from habanero ashes
LOLA’S MEXICAN CUISINE – J. Marchini Farms fig-glazed pork belly and queso fresco wrapped in a blue cornmeal tortilla
BALDORIA – Spicy fried chicken with apple-cinna waffles and Whistlepig maple syrup
THE STANDING ROOM – Smoked octopus poke tacos with tobiko, ikura, kumquat chips and chives in a homemade blue corn tortilla
In the end of the Thrillist Taco Knockout, everyone had to vote on their favorite taco. As good as each taco was, my favorite was the slow-cooked, charbroiled short rib beef barbacoa taco with chile de árbol, adobo and aioli made from habanero ashes from La Carmencita Restaurant. But the truth is that I am a fan of tacos with all types of fillings and all of these restaurants are worth a visit for their version of a taco.